Easter holidays are drawing to a close (or in some cases, they already have) so it’s time to get ready to head back to school or university in style. Whether you go for a classic leather tote, an all-encompassing backpack or old-school satchel, a bag is an absolute must-have for carrying all your books and papers (read our ‘what does your bag say about you?’ post to find out which style you should go for).

The Shopper


Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury Shopper, Yvonne Koné Shopper, Karl Lagerfeld Karl Kolor Shopper

The shopper is a chic, luxurious choice that’s big enough for carrying all of your essentials (and a few non-essentials too). Sleek and clean, the shopper can give a smart polished look to your outfit whilst still being stylish – perfect for the school/uni/work environment. Go for super minimalist with Yvonne Koné or classic and colourful with Lauren Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld.

The Satchel


Barbour Morar Tarras Bag, The Cambridge Satchel Company Satchel, Grafea Berlin Leather Satchel

Vintage-style satchels have enjoyed a renaissance in the last few years, with the likes of Alexa Chung, Zooey Deschanel, Elle Fanning and Taylor Swift all championing the trend. The boxy bags come in everything from classic school-girl tan to mini versions in neon and pastel, creating a satchel for every taste and occasion. Look to Barbour, The Cambridge Satchel Company or Grafea for different takes on the styles.

The Backpack


Grafea Smurf Leather RucksackFjällräven Kanken Backpack, Mi-Pac Splattered Stonewash Backpack

The classic school bag, the backpack is easy to wear and will ensure you can carry around all of your belongings. The past few years have seen backpacks move from school staple to fashion must-have, meaning they’ll look good both on and off campus. We love the smart luxe leather backpacks from Grafea that will work for smart sports luxe looks and casual wear. Alternatively, go art school-chic with Mi-Pac’s splattered denim backpack or opt for Sweden’s favourite backpack brand, Fjällräven.

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Writer and expert